Allied Warships

River gunboats

The Insect class river gunboat HMS Gnat (T 60) of the Royal Navy.

All River gunboat classes

The list is divided by navy, then ordered by commissioned date of each class (oldest first).


Royal Navy

 Insect (10)1915 - 1916
 Peterel (2)1927 - 1928
 Falcon (1)1931 - 1931
 Sandpiper (1)1933 - 1933
 Robin (1)1934 - 1934
 Scorpion (1)1938 - 1938
 Dragonfly (4)1939 - 1940

US Navy

 Wake (2)1927 - 1928
 Luzon (2)1928 - 1928
 Panay (1)1928 - 1928

10 ship classes.

Please note that we list the classes by navies that initiated/owned the class. Often vessels of certain classes were then built for other nations (or lent), those ships are not visible here but only through the navies pages or by looking into each class.

War losses: River gunboats



Royal Navy1 Jun 1940HMS Mosquito (T 94)Dragonfly 


Royal Navy12 May 1941HMS Ladybird (T 58)Insect 
Royal Navy8 Dec 1941HMS Peterel (T 21)Peterel 
US Navy8 Dec 1941USS Wake (PR-3)Wake 
Royal Navy21 Dec 1941HMS Cicala (T 71)Insect 
Royal Navy25 Dec 1941HMS Robin (T 65)Robin 


Royal Navy14 Feb 1942HMS Dragonfly (T 11)Dragonfly 
Royal Navy14 Feb 1942HMS Grasshopper (T 85)Dragonfly 
Royal Navy14 Feb 1942HMS Scorpion (i) (T 67)Scorpion 
US Navy2 May 1942USS Mindanao (PR-8)Luzon 
US Navy6 May 1942USS Luzon (PR-7)Luzon 
US Navy6 May 1942USS Oahu (PR-6)Panay 

12 River gunboats lost. See all Allied Warship losses.

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